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Truck hits 8 cars at intersection

2011-04-15 13:19

Johannesburg - Eight people were injured when a truck hit eight cars at the intersection of Hans Strijdom and Garsfontein roads in Pretoria on Friday, said Netcare 911.

Spokesperson Jeff Wicks said the truck driver was critically injured and had to be freed from the wreckage before being taken to the Steve Biko Academic Hospital.

Seven occupants of the cars were seriously injured and were treated at the scene before being taken to state and private medical facilities, he said.

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  • Pokkels_LOL - 2011-04-15 13:35

    I live just around the corner from the scene and this always happens here. The truckers speed down Hans Strijdom drive and then can manage to stop their trucks. There is a camera on this intersection but that obviously doesn’t help us. The trucks should not be allowed going down that road!

      Gert Jurgens - 2011-04-15 13:41

      If the truckers have too use that road then those sandpit thingies next to the road will also maybe help

  • Alex Fox - 2011-04-15 13:57

    http://bit.ly/eWkwgn "2006, 55 accidents were recorded by the Tshwane Metro Police at the intersection" "Three people were seriously injured when a runaway truck careered out of control and smashed into five cars..." Most of the time it's a truck. Residents complained about the intersection, what do they do... put up a camera. Hope they do something this time around.

  • Lore - 2011-04-15 13:59

    THERE ARE MANY ACCIDENTS INVOLVING TRUCKS ON THIS INTERSECTION, USUALLY RESULTING IN MULTIPLE DEATHS. i DRIVE THROUGH THIS INTERSECTION TO AND FROM WORK EVERYDAY AND FEAR FOR MY LIFE AS TRUCKS WHIZZ PAST AT A SPEED!

  • Radiobeheer - 2011-04-15 14:03

    Suggestion - add a lane on the left (there is enough space) Make this a monitored truck lane with compulsary stops and all vehicles above lets say 4.5 tons must drive in that lane or add a traffic light at the intersection with Blouhaak. Trucks down this road will drastically increase with the new toll fee system, as they have to travel down the N1 to the N4 paying toll fess and by getting off at Rigel Ave they can use Hans Strijdom to get to the N4...

  • n s - 2011-04-15 14:25

    it's quite simple, teach the truck drivers to read, most of them go over 80km/h I even followed a few doing 110km/h!! this while there's a sticker on the back of the truck for 80km/h this is huge problem on the N1 as well, and can only be pointed to the owners who try and make their deadline deliveries, else they would penalise the drivers in some way. There should also be an additional sand bunker for failing brakes, this is also common down that hill.

  • Derrick - 2011-04-15 15:12

    I got no respect for the truck drivers these days, heck driving next to one is a real worry these days as I've nearly been taken off the road a few times. And quite literally they drive you off. Lucky no one was killed, not sure how sempathetic I feel for the truck driver.

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